Prenatal massage is a type that’s similar to regular massage – it aims to relax tense muscles, ease sore spots, improve circulation and mobility, and just make you feel good.
What is different about a prenatal massage?
Prenatal massage predominantly uses the Swedish massage technique, which focuses on long, sweeping strokes with only minimal pressure applied to the body. Deep tissue pressure, which is common in other therapeutic massages, won’t be used as it could potentially be harmful to mother or baby.
What do prenatal massages do?
Research shows that prenatal massage can help reduce stress, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pain, and improve labor outcomes, according to the American Pregnancy Association. Prenatal massage can also help regulate hormone levels, help blood circulation, and reduce swelling.
When should you start getting prenatal massages?
1. Women in their first trimester of pregnancy. The American Pregnancy Association says that women can begin massage at any point during a pregnancy. However, many prenatal massage therapists will not accept clients until the second trimester of pregnancy.
Do you lay on your stomach during a prenatal massage?
Can I lay on my stomach during a massage? As long as you are comfortable, laying on your stomach during a massage will not hurt your baby.
How do you lay for a prenatal massage?
During a prenatal massage, you will usually positioned be lying on your side rather than on your stomach or back. This is particularly important during the later stages of pregnancy. Pillows, bolsters, or padding may be used to support your back, knees, and/or feet.
Where should you not massage when pregnant?
Experts stay safe by avoiding pressure points associated with the pelvis, wrists, hands, and ankles. Due to the risk of blood clots during pregnancy it is also important to avoid deep tissue massage in the legs.
Can a prenatal massage induce labor?
If you someone is on or past their due date, and wants to bring on labor, Prenatal Massage can help naturally induce labor with specific work on reflex and acupressure points that promote the birth process.
How often can you do prenatal massage?
As a general rule of thumb, prenatal massage can benefit you throughout your pregnancy with monthly appointments until around 27 weeks, then twice monthly appointments from around 27 weeks to 36 weeks, and weekly appointments from 36 weeks until you give birth.
Can my partner massage me while pregnant?
Is it safe to get a massage while pregnant? The short answer: Yes, it’s most likely safe. Of course, let your doctor know that you’re thinking of getting a massage, either from your partner or a professional, before you go ahead and get one.
Can you massage lower back during pregnancy?
If you have a high-risk pregnancy or high blood pressure, or you experience sudden swelling, speak to your doctor before scheduling any prenatal massage. Massage therapy for lower back, pelvic, or sciatic nerve pain in pregnancy may not be the best first line of defense for everyone.
Can I get a pedicure while pregnant?
Yes, it’s generally safe to get manicures and pedicures during pregnancy. That said, nail polish and artificial nails are made up of chemical compounds, but there just isn’t much in the way of research or controlled studies assessing their safety during pregnancy.
Can you lie on your back to have a facial when pregnant?
Steaming your face or wrapping just your face in a hot towel is okay, though. Another thing to consider once you’re in your second trimester of pregnancy is that it’s best to avoid lying flat on your back for very long. The weight of your uterus could compress major blood vessels and interfere with blood flow.
Is prenatal massage safe at 16 weeks?
You can get a prenatal massage at any point in pregnancy, as long as you have your doctor or midwife’s okay. Some massage therapists won’t see pregnant women until the second trimester because of the increased risk of miscarriage in the first trimester.